being a writer is timing
Spent two days putting together gold I mined with my Flip from a book launch, and now WordPress is having a glitch in its ability to post video.
So you’ll have to wait a bit to see Mr. Raschka and the elusive Mr. Bitterman.
In the meantime, how about a little discussion concerning…
BEING A WRITER IS TIMING
We all know that in order to be a writer you have to commit. You have to carve out the time, allocate the money, insist on the respect from your nearest and dearest. That means sacrifice from you and your friends and relatives.
But if we’re honest we also know that isn’t always possible. There are children who need raising and parents who need care–a mortgage, car payments, illnesses and catastrophes that no one can see coming. Our writing can get left behind with our dreams of being an astronaut or super model.
Don’t let it happen.
No, this isn’t another blog post about asserting your independence and insisting on your autonomy as a delicate creature who must be pampered with the time to create.
Read books about craft and practice small snippets when you can in your journal, when you’re waiting for the kids after school. At the doctor’s office. And those interminable soccer games–no pressure. (Writing is fun, isn’t it? You love learning about technique. )
Go ahead and join SCBWI, even if you can only produce one poem a month or one magazine article a year. It doesn’t matter if they are published or not. You are writing. You’re a writer. Volume is not a criteria.
Attend your local conference, workshops or schmoozes. Build friendships you can nurture on Facebook and Twitter.
Should you be satisfied with this Writer Twilight Zone forever?
Of course not.
But your Someday will never come, if you don’t start to lay the groundwork now.